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RAMC profile of:
William Victor Horatio ELDER
[Service No:  1414]
 
 


Place or Date
of Birth:
Deford, Suffolk

Service Number: 1414

TF Number:

Rank: Pte

Unit: Highland Mounted Brigade Field Ambulance

Attached To:

Enlistment Location: Inverness

Also Served:

Outcome: Died of wounds

Date Died: 06/11/1915
Age Died: 18

Where Buried and/or Commemorated: Turkey - Lala Baba Cemetery, Sulva

Awards:

Gazette Reference:
 


Other Information:

William entered the war in the Balkans on 26th September 1915. On 6th November 1915, the Highland Mounted Brigade Field Ambulance's commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel J W Mackenzie, wrote in the unit war diary: “About 12:00 o’clock a British aeroplane fell into the sea near the 14th Casualty Clearing Station, about 50 yards from the shore. The Turks opened fire on it with shrapnel & percussion shell. As our Hospital was in the line of fire & shells dropping short landed in our Camp area, one shrapnel shell entered a hospital bell tent, struck No.1414 Pte. W.V.H. Elder of my Unit on the skull, fracturing it badly, at 1300. I rendered 1st aid & removed him to the Scottish Horse F.A., where Captain Wade operated on him but he died at 1900 o’clock & was buried that night. Pte. Elder was one of my best nursing orderlies & was a keen active lad, an excellent signaler & had a clean crime sheet. The shell exploded in the sand between the legs of Driver T. Fraser, H.M.B.F.A. and a patient in the tent with his hair singed.” William was the son of Horatio and Ada Laura Elder of 14 White Rock Place, Southwick, Sussex


 
Additional Information: Date Added: Saturday 20 October, 2018
 
William's final resting place. [Photograph courtesy of Chris Ludlam]


  
 
 
 
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